The Scottish surname Blair, also found in Ireland, is an habitational name from any of the numerous places in Scotland called Blair, named with Scottish Gaelic blàr meaning “plain or field,” especially a battlefield (Irish blár). The first recorded reference to the name was Stephen de Blare, which was dated 1204 - 1211, a charter witness, during the reign of King William "The Lion" of Scotland, 1165 - 1214. Among the many recordings of the surname from in the early surviving church registers is that of the marriage of Bryce Blair and Jonet Mowatt on April 1st 1669, at Edinburgh, Midlothian. The name was brought to Ireland by 17th Century Scottish settlers and is mainly found in the northern province of Ulster.
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